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Old 11-29-2009, 04:07 PM   #1
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Hi I have a 1918 Victorian "cottage." I would describe it as rather simple.

I am currently redoing my two formal rooms - I guess the living room and "parlor," or whatever they are.

I have 9' ceilings which will be drywalled. I would like to do a small built-up crown profile, but somehow in deference to the existing door and window casings, which I don't want to drown out with something overly complex or modern looking.

Here is what my casings look like:



I am thinking either a 3-piece crown, such as:
baseboard > crown>baseboard

or:

Do a real built-up (but it keep it small) with soffit and fascia and multiple elements.

The rooms are both basically square, except for two chases which will provide the only outside corners. THe flooring is 2 1/4" oak. There are no other architectural details to speak of.

How would you guys approach this? Anything immediately jump out?
Maybe somehow incorporate a bit of the style of the casing? I would like this to look period to the house, and not something a homeowner slapped together from home depot in 2009.

Hoping to hear from some of you molding nuts...

Many thanks.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:12 PM   #2
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Take a piece of that casing in your mind's eye. The one on top of the door will work well. Now slice off the bottom inch or so (the part that's raised). That's what I'd start with as my idea. Maybe a six inch board with that top element echoed in a larger size.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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hm. interesting. so you're saying basically taking a flat piece of 3/4 or 5/4" board, nail it up, and then add a low spring angle piece of crown that resembles the sort of coved shape on my casing?

would you add the baseboard on the ceiling as well?

i might like the crown to start from a taper where it meets the wall, rather than a big immediate bump-out of a piece of flat baseboard.

i kind of like your idea though.

thanks.
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I think you'd want something other than a square edge on the bottom, but I"m not sure what. It's hard to see the profile of your door casing in the picture.

You could change the spring angle while keeping the proportions the same to see what looks best.
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